The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) took part in the annual Ramadan Iftar banquet hosted by Prime Minister Hun Sen of the Kingdom of Cambodia,on 7 May 2019, at KohPich Convention and Exhibition Centre in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.
This annual event, OIC Secretary General Dr Yousef Al-Othaimeen said, gives true expressionto Cambodia’s longstanding respect for the values of cultural diversity, multiculturalism and tolerance, and a concrete representation of the high esteem in which the Cambodian government holds the Muslim community.
In a statement read out on his behalf by OIC Arab Group Director Amb.Nouria Al-Hamami, the Secretary General said“One of the elements that distinguish Cambodia is the government’s dedication to peaceful coexistence and synergy between all members of the Cambodian society.”
The OIC is looking forward to furthering relations with the Kingdom of Cambodia to usher into wider prospects for both sides, Secretary General Dr Al-Othaimeen said, reaffirming the Organization’s commitment to strengthening ties with Cambodia. He also expressed gratitude to Cambodia’s leadership, including Prime Minister Hun Sen,for hosting this annual event.
Speaking before an audience of some 4 500 persons coming from all around the country and beyond, PM Hun Sen stressed that differences of race and religion cannot obstruct cooperation and development. He added, “This is a core principle that has guided the Cambodian People Party’s thinking over 40 years,” expressing hope for all-inclusive efforts to preserve the national unity and harmony of races and religions in Cambodia.
He also commended the existing cooperation between Cambodia and the OIC, reaffirming his country’s commitment to strengthening ties with the Organization and welcoming its participation, as representative of the Muslim world, in this annual celebration.